August 21, 2007


Clarence E. Best
Nov. 11, 1922-Aug. 14, 2007

Clarence E. Best, 84, of Crooked River Ranch, died of natural causes Aug. 14, 2007.

A memorial service was held Aug. 17 in Springfield.

Mr. Best was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Pierre, S.D. He lived in Springfield before moving to Central Oregon in the 1970s. He was a lifetime member of the Lane County Mounted Posse and an avid supporter of high school rodeo.

Survivors include his wife Cora May Best; daughter Claren Rae Combs; son Don D. Best; brothers Bud Best and Wayne Best; sister Dorothy Geir; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Center Bend-La Pine, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR, 97701.

Nelson W. Bray
July 20, 1915-Aug. 16, 2007

Redmond resident Nelson W. Bray, 92, died Aug. 16, 2007.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m., at the Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 S.W. Sixth St. Burial will follow in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Bray was born July 20, 1915, in Independence County, Ark., to Walter and Minnie (Bridges) Bray. He married Wanda Semenowich in Garberville, Calif., on June 20, 1955. He owned and operated the Shasta Way Shoe Service in Klamath Falls from 1962 to 2000. He also worked at Columbia Plywood in Klamath Falls for 15 years. After retiring, he moved to Redmond in 2003.

He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing, being in the woods, gardening, reading and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife Wanda Bray of Redmond; daughter Bonnie Williams of Redmond; son Jeffrey Bray of Redmond; brothers Richard Bray of Shafter, Calif., and Roy Bray of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Marie Fowler of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Dean L. Chambers
Sept. 1, 1931-Aug. 4, 2007

Dean L. Chambers, 75, of Eagle Crest, died of natural causes Aug. 4, 2007.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be held at Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle, Wash.

Mr. Chambers was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Gregory, S.D., to Carl and Pauline (Gibbs) Chambers. He attended high school in Seattle. He played high school football and was chosen to play in an East/West All Star game. He received an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington. He married Charlene Blazer in 1959. He moved from Seattle to Portland in 1972, and moved to Redmond in 1995. He worked for NCR as a department manager in the computer division for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Charlene Chambers; daughters Karen Hackenberg of Portland and Kristie Obermeyer of Richland, Wash.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Association.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

John Poppe, Sr.
Aug. 10, 1918-Aug. 12, 2007

Former Terrebonne resident John Hermon Poppe Sr., 89, died of natural causes Aug. 12, 2007, at his son’s home in Madras.

A graveside service was held Aug. 18 in the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.

Mr. Poppe was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Stratton, Colo., to Henry H. and Anna Liebsach Poppe. He attended school in Colorado and Kansas. He married Avis L. Carney in Norton, Kan., on Sept. 29, 1935. They moved to Oregon in 1936 and he worked for Jewel Ice Cream Company in Hillsboro. He moved to Terrebonne in 1939, where he worked for the Bob Wilson Dairy. He bought a dairy of his own in 1945 and was deferred from serving in World War II because of his dairy and farm. He sold the diary farm in 1950 and bought a farm in Lone Pine. He sold that farm in 1966 and bought a farm in Metolius. He did custom harvesting and planting throughout Central Oregon. His wife Avis died in 1985 and he married Dorita “Rita” Jordan on Dec. 27, 1986. He retired from farming in 2004 and moved to Prineville.

Survivors include his wife Rita Poppe of Prineville; daughters Darlene Bozarth of Redmond and Anna Rowell of Caldwell, Idaho; son, John Poppe Jr. of Prineville; stepdaughters Carole Fitzgerald of Van Horn, Texas, Linda Shaw of Sparks, Nev., and Mina McDonald of Prineville; stepsons, Lee Jordan of Lake Oswego, Clint Jordan of Snohomish, Wash., and Neil Jordan of Madras; sisters, Alvera Stout of Hazelton, Kan., and Lois Coffin of Humansville, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and a great-grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made to a hospice of one’s choice.

Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras handled the arrangements.

James E. Wells
March 26, 1920-Aug. 14, 2007

James E. Wells, 87, of Crooked River Ranch, died Aug. 14, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mr. Wells was born March 26, 1920, in Mount Zion, Iowa, to Robert and Lydia (Corsbie) Wells. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a carpenter most of his life. He married Hazel Locke in Salem on June 28, 1941. He moved from Portland to Central Oregon in 1980.

He was president of the Central Oregon Senior Golf Association and enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Hazel Wells of Crooked River Ranch; sons Terry Wells of Crooked River Ranch and James Wells of Woodland, Wash.; sister Opal Graber of Albany; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Bryson Ryan Whiteman
Sept. 3, 1995-Aug. 13, 2007

Redmond resident Bryson Ryan Whiteman, 11, died Aug. 13, 2007.

A funeral service was held Aug. 18 at Highland Baptist Church in Redmond.

Bryson was born Sept. 3, 1995, in Redmond to Ryan and Marchelle Whiteman. He attended Vern Patrick Elementary from kindergarten to fifth grade.

He enjoyed horseback riding, music, field trips, P.E., toys, balloons, riding the bus, swinging in swings and going fast in his wheelchair.

Survivors include his parents of Redmond; brother Trenton of Redmond; and grandparents Roger and Jan Whiteman of Bend, and Jim and Gail Omta of Redmond.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sparrow Clubs USA, 906 N.E. Greenwood Ave., Suite 2, Bend, OR, 97701.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

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